Sherman Cocktail

Robert found the Sherman Cocktail in the book, the “Old Waldorf Bar Days” by Albert Stevens Crockett. It is essentially a twist on the classic Manhattan with the addition of absinthe and double the types of bitters.

2 oz rye or bourbon whiskey

1 oz sweet vermouth

3 dashes absinthe

dash Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters

dash Bitter Truth Orange Bitters


Stir with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a lemon twist.


Chris CV 15 Nov 2011
11:40 am

Just a heads-up, but the recipe listing has the vermouth and whiskey volumes swapped.

I also strongly recommend the Misto olive oil sprayer for spritzing absinthe.  I love that thing. Before I got it, absinthe seemed to take over my drinks no matter how little I tried to pour in.

Mutineer Magazine 17 Nov 2011
8:47 pm

Made this tonight .. fantastic cocktail!

Rhett 28 Nov 2011
10:26 pm

Delicious cocktail, Robert.
I often have trouble with absinthe cocktails, as it can be quite an overpowering flavour and I have trouble getting out only a dash or two. I must find a dasher top I suppose…


Robert Hess 29 Nov 2011
5:39 am

Rhett, Another option would be to get a bottle with an eye-dropper top. You can often find them at some grocery stores that sell bulk items, as well as health stores that sell homeopathic materials, and various other places.


Rhett 29 Nov 2011
8:49 am

Oh excellent idea, thanks Robert!


Robert Hess 5 Jan 2012
1:18 pm

Slight correction here… and it is totally my fault. As listed in the Old Waldorf, the recipe for this drink should be two parts of vermouth and one part of whiskey. I just had a mental lapse when I was making the drink. Sorry for that!

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